This series of posts about prison started in that innocent world before Covid, with The Hub's South Bank prosecco-fueled chat with London soprano Emma Dogliano. We met to talk about Emma's charity work running a choir in a London prison. Later, Emma agreed to be interviewed on The Hub about her family heritage of prison reform and her prison choir in more detail.
Ripples in the water. That pebble led to the Prison Blues blog and Spotify playlist of prison music and famous names and their brush with incarceration. In a tale close to The Hub's Irish heart, The Quare Fellow remembered the play the song The Auld Triangle was written for and its author, Brendan Behan.
All three raised the theme of the evolution of prison reform from the campaign against the death penalty to the still-needed debate on the point of prison as a less-than-successful means of reducing crime. And the damage crime does to its perpetrators and victims alike. Watch this space for a deeper dive into this theme.